Sharing With The Less Fortunate

30th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Jesus answers the question of the Pharisee in today’s Gospel by saying that the greatest  Commandment is “to Love the Lord your God with all your heart… and to Love your neighbor as yourself.” These two are inseparable and they contain all the other Commandments. We cannot love God without loving our neighbor. St. John teaches, “If any one says, I love God, but hates his brother/sister, he is a liar.”(1 Jn. 4:20)

I witnessed the love of God and neighbor in real action when I was serving as a missionary priest in India and in the Philippines. I have witnessed the generosity of the people who cheerfully shared their blessings with the poor and the needy. I have witnessed love in action when I visited the Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica with several of our parishioners. Our parish community has been very generous in sharing with the less fortunate in our midst through the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

This Sunday, let us welcome Fr. Patrick Murphy S.J. who is visiting our parish to preach a mission appeal for the “Food for the Poor” charity organization. We have another great opportunity today to witness the love of neighbor in action through our contribution to feed the hungry children in the world.

My sincere thanks to Tom Studer and the Stewardship Committee members, Skip Holland, Paul Hayes, Deacon Mike Hayward and the Parish Staff, the Pastoral Council, the Finance Council and all the parishioners who volunteered to serve food and worked so hard to make our Parish Food Festival a great success! I also request your prayers for our group for a safe Pilgrimage trip to the Holy Land. We are leaving on Oct 25th and will be returning on Nov 3rd. You will be in our prayers when we visit the Holy Places where Jesus lived!

Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN